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There is a major trend to buy and do things in an eco-conscious way, also called “green”, which means that the least amount of natural resources are used, and consumers who are moving may also want to go green and minimize waste and act responsibly. Among the ways in which a person can limit their impact on the earth begins with choosing the least-polluting method of travel. Newer trucks emit less pollution than older ones, and since electric engines are not yet available for moving trucks and vans, ask your movers about their fleet, and about your desire to have an eco-friendly move.
Do not buy new boxes when you can find strong moving boxes through online recycling services in your area. Additional sources for packing materials are nearby stores and other businesses, which often allow a person to take empty boxes from their shipping and receiving area behind the building—check the store’s policy before you take any. As for packing materials, if you have any plain, popped popcorn, this makes a wonderful alternate cushion for fragile items that would usually be packed in styrofoam peanuts, which are not bio-degradable. When you are finished unpacking, the popcorn can be eaten by wild birds and other creatures.
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Another way to save resources is to pack your things in reusable plastic containers, which can then be used to store out-of-season clothing, sports equipment or any other items that you want to keep.
When you arrive at your new home, be sure to use only green cleansers, and place designated bins or other containers in your kitchen or back yard for recyclable items. Be sure to find out your local guidelines regarding recycling, because some areas require that you separate glass, paper, plastics, etc. They might not take any of your items for recycling if these rules are not followed. Other towns and cities are more lenient, and just ask that all recycled things be in one bin. In any case, make sure that the recycled packages, boxes, parts, etc., do not have any food particles on them. Don’t forget to recycle your moving boxes as well.